MLS Regular Season
FC Dallas returns to Portland this weekend to take on the Timbers for the fourth and final time in 2013 barring a possible playoff pairing. The teams faced off twice in MLS play and once in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup quarterfinals this year, including one game in Portland and two in Frisco. The season series hasn't failed to entertain thus far, with one draw and a comeback win, as Portland has the 2-0-1 advantage going into the upcoming game.
May 8 - FCD 1- Portland 1
WATCH: Kenny Cooper's PK evens the score
With both teams in the midst of unbeaten streaks and FC Dallas still undefeated at home, the season's first matchup between these teams did not disappoint. Despite a scoreless deadlock for much of the game, both teams had quality scoring opportunities early on, with FCD ‘keeper Raul Fernandez coming up with impressive saves on Portland's best chances.
Finally, in the 70th minute, Portland opened scoring when Darlington Nagbe sent in a cross from Rodney Wallace. Seven minutes later, after a penalty against Portland in the box, Kenny Cooper converted his penalty kick to pull FC Dallas even with the Timbers.
The 1-1 draw extended FCD’s unbeaten streak at the time to eight games, while the team remained undefeated at home on the season.
June 15- Portland 1- FCD 0
FC Dallas made their first trip to Portland in June in a nationally televised game between two of the league’s hottest teams at the time. Just like in their first meeting, the game went to half time scoreless with both teams failing to take many shots.
It didn’t take the Timbers long to get going after halftime and once again, Darlington Nagbe was the difference maker. The Timbers midfielder took Kalif Alhassen’s throw-in and turned it in to a nearly unstoppable goal from the corner of the penalty box, putting Portland up 1-0 in the 52’.
After the opening score, Portland had a number of opportunities to increase their lead, but Fernandez came up with big saves. Jackson had the only real chances for Dallas, including a shot that went just high in the 72nd minute.
June 26- Portland 3- FCD 2
WATCH: FCD falls to PTFC in USOC Quarters
The Western Conference sides matched up for the second time in less than two weeks in the quarterfinals of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. In the first half, it looked to be all FCD, thanks to a 15’ goal from Je-Vaughn Watson, sending the home side into halftime with a 1-0 advantage.
The Timbers easily bounced back in the second half, though. Darlington Nagbe (notice the pattern?) sent a shot past FCD goalkeeper Chris Seitz to put Portland on the board in the 61st minute. Less than two minutes later, Nagbe had a hand in his team’s second goal of the evening, sending the ball to Diego Valeri, who converted his 1-v-1 shot against Seitz.
Frederic Piquionne put the game away for Portland with a goal in 72nd minute to put the visitors up 3-1. In typical FC Dallas style, the team tried to spark a comeback late in the game. Blas Perez headed the ball into an empty net to bring FCD within one, and David Ferreira hit the post on the last shot of the game, leaving Dallas just short of advancing to the Open Cup semifinals.
FC Dallas currently has three players out on loan: Richard Sanchez & Bradlee Baladez with the NASL's Fort Lauderdale Strikers and Moises Hernandez with Saprissa of the Costa Rica Primera Division, here's a recap of their weekends.
The Fort Lauderdale Strikers, featuring FC Dallas homegrown signings Richard Sanchez and Bradlee Baladez, dropped their second straight game Saturday, falling to Minnesota United FC 3-1 at home. Sanchez started in goal for the Strikers, while Baladez made his debut for the team coming off the bench for a 19-minute appearance.
The Strikers held off United for well over half the game before conceding two goals in a matter of minutes. Minnesota's Max Griffin finally opened scoring with his close range goal in the 73rd minute to put his side on the board. Two minutes later, Minnesota's Matt Can Oekel's shot from way out was headed past Sanchez by the Striker's Rafael Alves.
Fort Lauderdale pulled within one in the 80' after a Martin Nunez goal. The Florida side had a chance to tie it late with a one-on-one shot from Nunez, but the shot Van Oekel blocked the shot. Minnesota's Pablo Campos put the game away three minutes into stoppage time with his well-placed goal from way out, securing the 3-1 victory for United FC. Baladez entered the game in the 71st minute to make his debut for the NASL side. CLICK HERE for a full recap of the game. The Strikers travel to Texas next weekend to take on the San Antonio Scorpions on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Moises Hernandez is still on loan to Deportivo Saprissa of the Costa Rican Premier Division. The team returned to league action over the weekend with a 4-2 win over Perez Zeledon, however Hernandez did not clock any minutes. Jon Arnold of American Soccer Now wrote about Moises Hernandez and life at Saprissa in a piece definitely worth checking out.
Also, we'll be adding another name to the loan list as midfielder Bobby Warshaw has been sent to Angelholms FF of the Swedish Superettan.
(Photo courtesy of Jon van Woerden)
Hear from Schellas Hyndman, Blas Perez, Kellyn Acosta & Chris Seitz after tonight's wild 3-3 draw with Los Angeles:
Hyndman post-game press conference
Blas Perez post-game audio
Kellyn Acosta post-game audio
Chris Seitz post-game audio
What a game in Frisco tonight. We saw both teams lead, plenty of controversy and FCD come inches away from an unforgettable winner. Here's all the highlights from tonight's 3-3 draw with the Galaxy.
FULL MATCH HIGHLIGHTS: FC Dallas 3, Los Angeles Galaxy 3
GOAL: Matt Hedges breaks the FCD scoreless drought and puts the home side in front
GOAL: Landon Donovan hits a backbreaking equalizer just before halftime
GOAL: Blas Perez puts FCD back in front with a goal early in the second half
GOAL: Landon Donovan gets his second of the night on a wonderful volley
GOAL: Landon Donovan finishes his hat trick with an opportunistic effort
GOAL: Blas Perez dramatically ties the game at 3-3
POST: Jackson just misses a stoppage time goalazo hitting the post from 30 yards out
FC Dallas hopes to return to their early-season form on Sunday when the LA Galaxy come to town. The teams have one win apiece in this season's series and a win would move the Hoops ahead of the California side in the Western Conference standings, a result that would put them back in a playoff spot. With so much on the line for Sunday's game nationally televised game, we thought it was a good opportunity to look back at some of the recent history between the teams in Texas. FC Dallas is 14-8-6 all-time at home against the Galaxy, including a 2-1 advantage in the last three games played at FC Dallas Stadium.
May 1, 2011- FCD 2- LA 1
WATCH: Brek Shea Wins it Late for FCD
After an hour-long lightning delay, former FC Dallas midfielder Brek Shea scored the game-winning goal with two minutes left to secure the victory for FC Dallas in a bizarre match.
Fabian Castillo notched his first career MLS goal to open scoring for both teams just after halftime, but Landon Donovan got the equalizer five minutes later. Just as the teams seemed destined for a tie, Shea’s last-minute goal stole two more points for FCD at home and end LA's five-game unbeaten streak.
Despite playing without Landon Donovan and David Beckham, the Galaxy still had the best scoring chances in this one. After a near goal by Robbie Keane in the 35’, Mike Magee got the winner in the 62nd minute off an assist from Keane to put LA up 1-0, a lead that would hold through full time.
The game put FC Dallas 11 points behind LA in the Western Conference standings heading into the month of August as the Galaxy went on to win their second consecutive MLS title.
WATCH: George John's Late Header Wins it for FCD
FC Dallas hosted LA for the first time in 2013 during the team’s original hot streak back in April. The Galaxy entered Frisco unbeaten and late in the game it looked like they would leave town the same way, despite playing a man down for the last 30 minutes after a red card.
Both teams failed to take any shots on goal early in the game, but the turning point came in the second half. Both teams had a chance to go ahead, however both missed their penalty kicks, with Kenny Cooper failing to convert his for FC Dallas, and Raul Fernandez diving to save Landon Donovan’s PK attempt. Finally, FC Dallas defender George John headed the ball past Galaxy keeper Carlo Cudicini in the 88th minute to give FCD the victory and hand the Galaxy their first loss of the year.
Here's all the action from Saturday's 3-0 loss at Seattle:
FULL HIGHLIGHTS: Seattle Sounders FC 3, FC Dallas 0
GOAL: Obafemi Martins opens the scoring early with a clinical header
GOAL: Eddie Johnson doubles the Seattle advantage in the first half
CHANCE: Mauro Diaz sends FCD's best chance of the night just wide
GOAL: Brad Evans rounds out the scoring with a late penalty kick
Two FC Dallas starters earned some praise from MLSsoccer.com following the team's scoreless draw in Montreal. Raul Fernandez took the top spot in the Castrol Index Weekly Top 20, while Zach Loyd earned a spot on Team of the Week.
Fernandez is no stranger to the Castrol Index. This week's appearance marks his sixth on the season and the second time the 'keeper has been number one for the week. Here's what the MLS staff had to say about the Peruvian national:
Nine goalkeepers made the cut, with FC Dallas 'keeper Raúl Fernández leading the way in the Week 21 marks. His four saves in a shutout performance helped Dallas pick up a road point in Montreal. It is the second time this season Fernandez has had the top spot in the Castrol Index Weekly Top 20.
Meanwhile, Zach Loyd was one of three defenders to pick up Team of the Week honors after his strong backfield performance in Montreal. Here's what Nicholas Rosano said about the defender:
A force on the right flank as Dallas battled to a scoreless draw in Montreal, both quieting the Impact's attack and getting forward to effectively join in on a few attacks himself.
Congrats to both players on their performances!
Castrol Index Week 21 Top 10 Performers
|1||Raúl Fernández||Goalkeeper||FC Dallas||90||Montreal Impact||1,445|
|2||DeAndre Yedlin||Defender||Seattle Sounders||90||Colorado Rapids||1,434|
|3||Clint Irwin||Goalkeeper||Colorado Rapids||90||Seattle Sounders||1,331|
|4||Dan Kennedy||Goalkeeper||Chivas USA||90||Toronto FC||1,316|
|5||Donovan Ricketts||Goalkeeper||Portland Timbers||90||Philadelphia Union||1,298|
|6||Troy Perkins||Goalkeeper||Montreal Impact||90||FC Dallas||1,261|
|7||Ike Opara||Defender||Sporting Kansas City||90||Real Salt Lake||1,231|
|8||José Gonçalves||Defender||New England Revolution||90||Columbus Crew||1,219|
|9||Zac MacMath||Goalkeeper||Philadelphia Union||90||Portland Timbers||1,196|
|10||Chris Rolfe||Forward||Chicago Fire||90||D.C. United||1,181|
FC Dallas’ winless streak continued with a 0-0 stalemate in Montreal on Saturday. Despite the draw on a tough road trip, the team didn’t see much positive movement in this week’s power rankings.
Yahoo Sports moved FC Dallas down to #10:
Earning a draw at Montreal would normally be a good result, but Dallas really need to locate a win. Talk about a July to forget.
FC Dallas remained number 11 according to MLSsoccer.com:
All things considered, a point on the road is a good result for a team that's trying desperately to hang on in the playoff race. But there's this: They haven't scored a single goal since June. Crisis.
Avi Creditor of SportsIllustrated.com left FC Dallas in the #10 spot:
Center back anchor George John returned following a four-game absence and helped FC Dallas to a 0-0 draw against Montreal, but the club remains winless since May 25, a stretch of eight games. That streak will linger on past the MLS All-Star Game, as FCD does not play another league game until an Aug. 3 date against the Seattle Sounders that kicks off a run of seven games in a row against Western Conference competition.
Pro Soccer Talk also put FC Dallas in the 10th spot:
Speaking of Stoke City, they move from South Texas up I-45 to suburban Dallas for a meeting with Schellas Hyndman’s team over the weekend.
ESPN FC dropped FCD one spot to number 13:
George John's return helped Dallas secure a much-needed road point at Montreal. And while FCD was missing some speedier elements, it seems reasonable to expect more offense from a lineup featuring David Ferreira, Kenny Cooper and Eric Hassli.
Finally, Soccer America moved FC Dallas down three to #10.
The week ahead is an exciting one for soccer fans across the metroplex, with the best of CONCACAF coming to town for the Gold Cup semifinals and FC Dallas Stadium hosting three events, including an international friendly. Here's a timeline of the packed week!
Tuesday, July 23 - FC Dallas Reserves vs. Antigua Barracuda FC: The FC Dallas reserve squad will host Antigua Barracuda FC of USL Pro in reserve league action on Tuesday night, their second home game of the season. The game will start at 7 p.m. and admission is free. If you can't make it out to the stadium, you can watch the game via the live stream on FCDallas.com.
Wednesday, July 24 - Gold Cup Semifinals: On Wednesday night, one of the biggest soccer events of the year hits Cowboys Stadium as the CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinals come to the metroplex. Jurgen Klinsmann's high-flying United States squad starts the evening off at 6 p.m. against Honduras, followed by Mexico vs. Panama, featuring FC Dallas' Blas Perez, at 9 p.m. in what is sure to be a sold-out and wild atmosphere. Follow FC Dallas for exclusive social media and website coverage of both games.
Friday, July 26 - Meet the Team: FC Dallas Season Ticket Holders will have an exclusive opportunity to meet the team on Friday night before the Stoke City friendly on Saturday. The schedule is tentatively as follows: The evening will begin with a press conference featuring Stoke City at 6 p.m. in the WinStar River Club. The event is open to the first 300 Season Ticket Holders that arrive. The press conference will be followed by the media introduction of FC Dallas' newest signing, Mauro Diaz, at 6:15 p.m. Season Ticket Holders will also have access to Stoke City FC's pregame practice starting at 6:30p.m. The evening will end with FC Dallas player autographs on the concourse from 7:15-8:45 p.m. Free CiCi's pizza and soda will be available for all Season Ticket Holders. If you're not currently a season ticket holder, you can gain access to the event by purchasing season tickets. Call 888-FCD-GOAL for more information.
Saturday, July 27 - FC Dallas vs. Stoke City FC: The week will conclude with an international showdown as the English Premier League comes to Frisco with FCD hosting Stoke City FC. The game will kickoff at 8 p.m. at FC Dallas Stadium, and there is still plenty of time to grab your tickets for the game.
FULL MATCH HIGHLIGHTS: Montreal Impact 0, FC Dallas 0
SAVE: Hassli's spin and shot tipped wide by Troy Perkins
CROSSBAR: Mapp's rocket beats Fernandez, but not the crossbar
SAVE: Beautiful flowing move frees Watson, but his header is straight at Perkins
SAVE: Fernandez gets big to acrobatically deny Mapp
SAVE: Fernandez denies Mapp's chip as time ticks down